Opened last week by Senator John Williams and UON Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, the Tamworth Education Centre provides a technology rich learning environment for tomorrow’s health professionals.
Located in Johnston Street, Tamworth, the centre is home to the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health (UoNDRH), and will provide laboratory, tutorial and study facilities for students in nursing, medicine and a range of health programs including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, social work, speech therapy and medical radiation science. High definition video-conferencing and tele-health capabilities connect staff and students with other campuses and partners across the world.
The Education Centre also increases UON’s capacity to enhance its support for clinical placements.
“Clinical placements are a core component of our world-class health education degree programs, providing the opportunity for students to put the valuable theory they have learned in the classroom into real world practice. Last year, some 500 UON students completed a clinical placement in the Tamworth region,” Professor McMillen said.
“With Commonwealth support, we have refurbished the UoNDRH clinical training space in the Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital to include an extended clinical skills laboratory, tutorial rooms and a student hub area. This will encourage greater inter-disciplinary learning between local students and clinicians.”